Boston and the Architectural Tour

By Betse Davies

The US citizens about town probably got to thinking a bit about Boston and its role in starting the role to independence on the Fourth of July. I thought about it and then began pondering the similarities of the two cities as igniters of revolution: the colonies against Britain and the Mexicans against Spain. That’s first on the list. Many of the heroes came from both the towns; in Mexico there was Ignacio Allende, the Aldama brothers, the Lanzagorta brothers and Narciso de la Canal in San Miguel. The Mexican revolution had its own Paul Revere as well. The wife of the mayor of Queretaro whispered the news that the plot had been discovered and arrest orders for the leaders had been issued through the keyhole of the room in which her husband had confined her. He knew her sympathies for the rebels! The keyhole news was received by Ignacio Perez who leapt to the saddle and was off to San Miguel to warn Allende and Hidalgo, not finding them there he rode on to Dolores where the conspirators were. There and then the war for independence started with El Grito de Dolores, Mexico’s Declaration of Independence. In this case the comparison is with the lantern and the keyhole.

Architectural Walking Tour
Special monthly tour of downtown San Miguel by Jay Moskowitz
To benefit Patronato Pro Niños for medical and dental care for Mexican children
Thu, Jul 17, 10am
Meet in the Jardín
Across the street from the Parroquia
200 pesos

Finally, both Boston and San Miguel capitalize on their connections to the start of the wars of independence from European countries and today tourists flock to each city for patriotic reasons.

But there is one big subject in which comparisons end and San Miguel comes out on top. Most of the original structures in El Centro are still in place. Since 1926 they have been protected and you can tell the story of the war of independence using original props. We do just that on our regular tours Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:45am leaving from the Jardin across the street from the Parroquia. But this is about the Architectural Tour, which takes place once a month on the third Thursday, this July it is on the 17th. Jay Moskowitz, one of Patronato Pro Ninos guides, can show you the buildings, which were in place before the war against Spain started and then the different styles that came along after indepencence including Mexican Modern along the fringes of El Centro. This tour leaves from the same location as the regular ones, in the Jardín facing the Parroquia. The tour leaves promptly at 10am and is a special one with a 200-peso donation. It lasts about two and a half hours and is mostly level walking. All of the guides are volunteers for Patronato Pro Niños. Your donation supports the work of this organization, which provides medical and dental care for the needy children of not only the city of San Miguel but the large area surrounding it. No reservations are necessary for this monthly tour.


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